Jazz pianist Jason Moran was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010. Clay Patrick McBride/ hide caption

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Carrie Underwood's new album is Blown Away. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jill Barber says there's a "retro feel" to her music, but says it's also contemporary, "with a lot of influences from the greats that came before me." Her new album is titled Mischievous Moon. Ivan Otis hide caption

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Levon Helm was the longtime drummer and occasional vocalist for The Band. Rob Loud/Getty Images hide caption

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Guy Davis performs in northern Italy at the Piacenza Blues Festival in 2010. Giulia Ciappa/Flickr hide caption

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"There's a very primal, emotional response I feel when I hear flamenco," sitar player Anoushka Shankar says. "It's quite in the belly in a way." Harper Smith hide caption

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Anoushka Shankar: A Sitar Player In Andalusia

On her new album, Traveller, Shankar goes back in time to make connections between India and Spain.

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Each week, Talk of the Nation plays The Byrds' song "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" during the Political Junkie segment. McGuinn recorded a version just for the show. You can hear it in the last three minutes of this story. John Chiasson hide caption

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"As usual, the party in my imagination is much grander than the actual one," Kat Edmonson says of the song "Champagne." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kat Edmonson 'Just Wasn't Made For These Times'

While her mother worked long hours, musicals on VHS would entertain the singer when she was young.

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Han Bennink drums on whatever surface he can find — and plays with tone and rhythm while manipulating the drum with parts of his own body. Michael Jackson hide caption

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Sweet Heart Sweet Light is the latest album by Spiritualized, the spacey British rock band led by Jason Pierce. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Idan Raichel (left) and Vieux Farka Toure's new collaborative album is The Tel-Aviv Session. Nitzan Treystman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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